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A Brief History On April 22, 2020, the pandemic of the COVID-19, or SARS-CoV-2, or better known as “coronavirus,” has claimed another victim, as reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer, in this case the venerable Urbana University, an Ohio college that was only the second institute of higher learning in the United States to admit women as students alongside men. Digging Deeper Urbana University, founded in 1850, has been ailing financially for several years, and was acquired by Franklin University in 2014 and operated as a branch of that institution.  The school, located near Columbus, Ohio, in the city of Urbana…

A Brief History On April 3, 1981, the Osborne Computer Corporation unveiled it latest creation, the Osborne 1, the first portable computer to be commercially viable.  The grand daddy of all the laptops, tablets, pads and smartphones we have today started with this 24.5 pound chunk of electronics.  Despite the pioneering nature of the company, Osborne went out of business only 4 years later. Digging Deeper Costing a whopping $1795 (or equivalent to over $5000 today), the Osborne 1 had to be plugged in to a wall socket for power as it had no internal battery.  Although you could not…

A Brief History In these uncertain financial times, investors of all shapes and sizes are looking for a combination of asset growth and security. As the “gold standard” of investing over centuries, gold bullion is often considered a quality investment for protecting value over time. As a growth investment, gold coins can be successful, depending on a number of market factors. In this article, Rory Brown, Lydian founder discusses some of the major advantages and disadvantages of using gold coins as a part of a solid investment plan.  Note: This post is sponsored by Rory Brown. Digging Deeper Advantages Permanent…

A Brief History On March 23, 2018, the latest in a line of politicians forced from office across South America was Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, the President of Peru.  Not so original himself, Kuczynski was preceded in the presidency by Alan Gabriel Ludwig García Pérez (president 2006-2011) who had also been forced to resign due to corruption, and then by President Ollanta Humala (president 2011-2016) who was also implicated in the same massive anti-corruption investigation, called Operation Carwash, or alternately by a sub-investigation called the Odebrecht Scandal.  Operation Carwash, initiated in Brazil 2014, is far from over, but has already reached…

A Brief History On September 23, 1983, The MCI Mail service was launched as the first commercial email service to use the internet.  Nowadays, it may look like big corporations have a bigger budget and, as a result, more marketing tactics and resources (designers, programmers, translators, etc.) to benefit from email marketing; however, small businesses can also capitalize on this communication channel due to its versatility and flexibility. While it may take multinational companies much time to resonate with local customers, small brands can faster build close relationships with communities through more personal communication and human-like campaigns. Let us take…

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